Hey SSPers. This isn't a full length thread or anything. I just wanted to share a dozen or so pictures that I took an hour ago.
As some of you may know, I work as a photographer in Shanghai. A couple of my clients are big in the development scene, so I sometimes get special access to buildings that are under construction. Today I went up to the rooftop of the nearly completed Shangri-La hotel in the Jing An District (opening December 2012). The weather was sunny, but still suffered from some decent smog (especially when looking in to the sun), so the photos aren't super clear, but hey, when you have an opportunity to go up one of the tallest buildings in the city before anyone else, you take pictures.
Enjoy these rare angles.
Looking over the Former French Concession. My apartment is in the white building center-right.
Looking over the eastern section of the Jing An District. The buildings all smashed together in the middle of the photo run along Nanjing Rd. - one of Shanghai's busiest corridors.
Looking eye to eye with Wheelock Square. Changning District is in the background.
The Yan An Expressway winds through Jing An heading towards Gubei.
Looking towards northern Jing An which is primarily residential.
Park Place and Wheelock Square border Jing An Park.
Pulled back. You can see Jing An Temple center-right.
A whole bunch of buildings.
Some more Jing An residential with a few office buildings spread throughout.
The Yan An Expressway is a defining feature of Jing An. The city has tried really hard to make it less dominating by adding trees on and around it. It helps, but the thing is just too massive to ignore.
Amazing views from up here. Just breath-taking.